Tips to Help You Read Faster

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Tips to Help You Read Faster

Everyone wants to read faster. Reading speed is linked to success, whether at school or at work. Students who can read fast will spend less time studying, and can finish tests with time left over to review their answers. Employees who read fast can spend less time reading reports and emails, and more time being productive. The modern world is based around reading many different types of text, and nobody can avoid it. There was a time when one could avoid a lot of text just by choosing not to read for pleasure. Now there are emails and webpages, newspapers and magazines, restaurant menus and food labels, and so many other parts of life where reading is unavoidable. Those who read faster simply have more time and more knowledge.

How can you read faster? Through consistent practice. Daily focused practice can help increase your reading speed, but many people don’t have the motivation or persistence to develop this skill. Other people practice reading faster, but fail to remember or understand anything they read past a certain speed. People usually have a difficult time judging their own reading comprehension unless they take tests afterward to see if they actually understood the material.

One problem area that prevents many people from being able to read faster is repetition, or regression. If you have to reread the same word or phrase several times, it will slow down your reading speed and break up your momentum. You need to be able to read and understand the words correctly the first time, or you may find yourself reading the same line over and over.

Another problem area for many people is fixation, how many words they take in without moving their eyes. You can increase your peripheral vision and allow yourself to see and read more words without moving your eyes back and forth across the page. This is especially helpful for those who do a lot of reading on the computer. Many speed reading tutorials instruct readers to follow the words with their finger or hand. This is difficult on a glass computer screen, and will actually damage a liquid crystal screen. If you have a laptop or a flatscreen monitor, please do not touch it with your fingers. Instead, you will need to practice increasing your peripheral vision.

There are several different speed reading methods available to those who want to read faster. Some make truly outrageous claims about reading entire pages of text in seconds. These should be avoided, as they will actually cause you to read slower and understand less of the text. A reading speed of about 1,000 words per minute is attainable for most people with good practice. At that speed, you can read about a page of text in one minute with good comprehension.

If you decide to go the software route in your quest to read faster, do a little research and try to find one that fits your needs. If you do most of your reading on the internet, don’t purchase software that centers on the finger-following method. If you get bored reading classic public-domain literature, try to find a program that provides a wider variety of material, or lets you read whatever you want.